Author - RHolmes

An Uneventful Summer

The summer of 2020 has all but come and gone, and it has looked nothing like what anyone imagined. From graduations and weddings to fairs and concerts, widespread event cancellations across the globe have made for a very uneventful summer. For the general public, this has meant a boring summer,...

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Apply Now for These Convention Scholarships!

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance is proud to be sponsoring two convention scholarships this year: Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events (HAFFE) Convention Scholarship This scholarship is designed to enable an individual from Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals & Events (HAFFE) to attend the 2020 Heartland Association of Fairs,...

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How the Fair Industry Is Faring Through COVID-19

There’s no doubt the fair industry is suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, as social distancing requirements are causing event organizers around the world to cancel events through the summer and even into the fall. But the fair industry is resilient and many fair organizers have responded to forced cancellations...

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6 Tips for Hosting a Virtual Event

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, few industries are feeling the effects of social distancing as strongly as the events industry. These tough times are forcing organizers to get creative in how their events are hosted and some are turning to virtual events. The following six tips will...

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3 Ways to Take Your 2020 Event Up a Notch

No matter how much you try to plan ahead and delegate, organizing an event is a huge undertaking. But with a lot of preparation and a little luck, your 2020 events will be the best yet! Follow the three tips below to help make your event a huge success. Socialize Social...

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Does Customer Service Still Matter?

How to Please Customers in the Digital Age In the Digital Age, when many people prefer to do business online, does customer service really matter anymore? We’re here to tell you that not only is customer service still important, but it may be the most important aspect of your business. We...

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Keep Your Cool With Heat Index Insurance

Climate change is contributing to more extreme weather events, including extreme heat. While it may look like a pleasant day, extreme heat is extremely dangerous. According to the National Center for Environmental Health, extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths per year, more than hurricanes, flooding, lightning and tornadoes...

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How to Cope With the Salt Shortage This Winter

If you’re in the business of snow and ice removal, you’ve more than likely heard about the salt shortage plaguing the Midwest and Northeast. An unexpected late season ice storm last spring, a labor strike at the world’s largest salt mine, and issues surrounding a large mining operation in...

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It’s Raining On Your Parade. Now What?

5 Steps to Cancel or Postpone Your Event Without Damaging Your Reputation When weather doesn’t cooperate for your outdoor event, you need to act fast to communicate the situation to attendees and preserve your reputation. Here’s how: 1. Act Fast You should begin monitoring the weather a week before your event, so...

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The Versatility of Weather Insurance 

As we shift our attention from wintry weather to warmer days, we look forward to an increase in seasonal activities, such as sporting events, concerts, music festivals, weddings and many other outdoor activities. At Spectrum, we can help your clients be prepared for the unpredictable weather patterns the coming...

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4 Surefire Ways to Make This Year Your Best Yet

A new year means a fresh start and 365 days to achieve everything you want this year. Unfortunately, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. It certainly doesn’t help that January is a particularly difficult month for self-improvement. For one, we’re coming off a holiday hiatus and...

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Rain Insurance for Haunted Attractions

Imagine a business that has only a month in which to earn all if its annual revenue. That’s the challenge of operating a haunted attraction, corn maze or pumpkin patch. The opportunity to earn revenue is limited to a few short weeks leading up to Halloween. Unfortunately, the weather...

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Weather Expert Storms Ahead With Specialty Brokerage

Originally published in Insurance Business Magazine. Find your niche and think big – that’s the advice of ex-research meteorologist Robert Holmes who had since made waves in the specialty weather insurance space. Holmes is the brainchild behind Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, one of Insurance Business America’s Elite Brokerages of 2017. Celebrate...

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Creative Weather-Based Promotions for Retailers

Nothing turns more heads than the word “free.” Consumers love getting something they want or need for free, which is why weather-based retail promotions are so popular. A weather-based promotion is when you offer a full or partial refund on a purchase based on the occurrence of a specific...

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Now Is the Time to Look into Weather Insurance for Summer Events

Even as snowfall continues to blanket much of the country, it is never too early to request a weather insurance quote for your summer event. Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance provides coverage for a variety of outdoor events, such as fairs, festivals, concerts, sporting events, motorsports events and many...

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Spectrum Weather & Specialty Insurance Ranked Top Specialist Broker in Insurance Business Magazine

Spectrum was featured in the recent issue of Insurance Business Magazine as the top specialist broker for weather insurance. "Given the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather conditions, companies can no longer afford to let their businesses remain exposed. Backed by company president Robert Holmes' extensive experience in meteorology, Spectrum...

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Why We Attend Conferences and Conventions

If you’ve seen our travel itinerary lately, you know we’re always on the move. Spectrum President, Robert Holmes, tries to attend as many industry conferences and conventions as possible to meet our clients in person. There’s just no technology that can replace a face-to-face meeting and a solid handshake. While...

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One Hot Planet: 2016 Hottest Year On Record

You may have heard 2016 was Earth's hottest year on record. You may also remember that 2015 was the hottest year on record before that, as was 2014 before that.  Both NASA and NOAA declare that our planet is experiencing record-breaking warming for the third year in a row. This...

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Coming This Summer: A Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon will pass in front of the sun, casting its shadow across all of North America. Although solar eclipses occur every six months, this will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States in 38 years. However, only certain...

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Why Choose an Independent Insurance Broker?

When you begin your search for insurance, regardless if its weather insurance, home insurance, auto insurance or trip insurance, you’ll realize you have a lot of options. There are all of the big name companies, whose commercials you see daily, and then there are the independent insurance brokers like...

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Don’t Let a Big Storm Plow Away Your Revenue

It’s a feeling all too familiar to snow contractors, particularly in the northeastern U.S.: What if this next blizzard causes us to go revenue-negative? You know your crew will eventually get the job done, but after all those overtime hours, will your costs surpass your profit? Since seasonal snow and...

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Premier Provider of Weather Promotion Insurance, Spectrum Weather And Specialty Insurance, Joins Jewelers of America

LIBERTY, MO – Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., a leading domestic broker of weather insurance, prize insurance, and other promotion-related insurance, has become a Supplier Member of the Jewelers of America.  Serving the weather insurance and prize indemnity needs for retail jewelers across the U.S., Spectrum will develop...

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Weather Insurance Firm, Spectrum, Joins Texas Association of Fairs and Events

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., a leading domestic broker of rain insurance, weather insurance, event liability insurance, event cancellation insurance, and other event-related insurance products, has joined the Texas Association of Fairs and Events. The state of Texas has some of the most variable and extreme weather in the...

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Spectrum Weather Insurance To Sponsor Snow And Ice Management Annual Symposium

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., a leading domestic broker of rain insurance, snow insurance, event cancellation insurance, and other event-related insurance products, will be a sponsor of the Snow and Ice Management Association’s (SIMA) 17th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium, to be held in Columbus, Ohio, June 18-21,...

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Illinois Fairs to Learn Rain is an Insurable Peril

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., will be a prominent exhibitor at the annual convention of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs, to be held January 16 – 19 in Springfield, Illinois. As the costs for entertainment continues to rise, county fair boards and festival committees find themselves exposed to...

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Rain Insurance on the Minds of Midwest Fairs and Festivals in January 2014

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., a leading domestic broker of rain insurance, event cancellation insurance, and other event-related insurance products, will be a featured exhibitor at the annual conferences of several fairs associations during a tour of Midwestern states. The initial stop will be Indianapolis, IN, for the...

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Weather Insurance a Hot Topic in Las Vegas, Des Moines

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., a leading domestic broker of weather insurance, including rain insurance and event cancellation insurance, and other event-related insurance products, will be a featured exhibitor at the annual conference of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, to be held in Las Vegas, NV,...

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Rain Insurance, Event Cancellation Insurance Is Discussed With Event Industry Leaders

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., a leading domestic broker of rain insurance, snow insurance, event cancellation insurance, and other event-related insurance products, will host a roundtable discussion of rain insurance, adverse weather insurance, and event cancellation insurance at the joint annual conference hosted by the South Dakota Association...

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Weather Insurance Brokerage Firm, Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Joins Liberty Chamber of Commerce

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., a leading domestic broker of rain insurance, snow insurance, event cancellation insurance, and other event-related insurance products, has joined the Liberty Chamber of Commerce. Spectrum was established in 2011 with the goal of providing weather insurance, including rain insurance, snow insurance, and specialty insurance...

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Heavy rain leads to flooding, Sunday AirSho canceled

Midland motorists drove through a rainy mayhem Sunday that led to numerous cases of flooding throughout the county. The heavy rain caused the cancellation of a few area events, including the CAF AirSho and the Old Sorehead Trade Days in Stanton, according to officials with each event. The National Weather Service...

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